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India: Development and Participation

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen


This book explores the role of public action in eliminating deprivation and expanding human freedoms in India. The analysis is based on a broad and integrated view of development, which focuses on wellbeing and freedom rather than the standard indicators of economic growth. The authors place human agency at centre stage, and stress the complementary roles of different institutions (economic, social, and political) in enhancing effective freedoms. In comparative international perspective, the Indian economy has done reasonably well in the period following the economic reforms initiated in the e ... More

Keywords: India, development, participation, human freedoms, economic reforms, social failures, public involvement, military expenditure, social influence, political power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Drèze, author
Delhi School of Economics
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Amartya Sen, author
Trinity College, Cambridge University
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